Pronounced Dohl-chet-toe. A grape varietal, used in the production of red wine, originating in the Piedmont region of Italy. The grape is also grown in the United States (CA). Although Dolcetto means "little sweet one", the Dolcetto varietal does not produce sweet wines.
Also known as: Dolsin, Dolsin Nero.
Characteristics: Traditionally a round, soft, light, dry, ruby red wine. Fruity, though not sweet, ripe berry flavors with hints of licorice and almonds. Considered to be a wine with high acidity, however, it is low in comparison to most Italian wines.
Ageing: Can be consumed young, recommend ageing of 3-5 years.
Food pairings: Hamburgers, poultry without sauce, sushi with maguro tuna, corned beef, pan fried pork, salami, turkey without sauce, scallopine, pasta with light sauce, and Italian cuisine.